From time to time on the Tenkara forums, you will see someone post a question about the “no-name” fixed line fishing rods found on eBay or other corners of the interwebs. The person posing the question is typically wondering if they are any good, and invariably there seems to be someone out there who has bought one who is quite pleased with his purchase, particularly because it cost a fraction of the price of a name brand rod. But are they really any good? Well, I am generally very reluctant to put myself out there as any sort of expert in matters of fishing, but I will say Matt and I have probably handled more of these rods than most. We tested some different options before selecting the rod for our “break this rod” contest that some of you remember fondly. We have also considered carrying an ultra low cost rod if we found one we really liked. Which we haven’t. But, to give you a better idea of what the vast majority of these rods are like, I give you the review of our latest test rod, the Yuhangyuju 540.
I thought it might be instructive to rate the rod on a 10 point scale, with 1 being poor and 10 being mind-blowingly excellent.